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LEONOWENS (Anna Harriette)
LEONOWENS (Anna Harriette) The English Governess at the Siamese Court:  being Recollections of Six Years in the Royal Palace at Bangkok, FINE COPY, Boston, 1870
portrait frontis, "with illustrations, from photographs presented to the author by the King of Siam", 8vo, original decorative cloth gilt,
The story, most remarkable for its time, of a Western Woman teaching in the Royal Household of an eastern potentate. The narrative was made popular by Rogers and Hammerstein in "The King and I". The King wished to give his 39 wives and concubines and 82 children a modern Western education on scientific secular lines, which earlier missionaries' wives had not provided. In spite of her modern popular interpretation she is at the forefront of the women's movement in America and Europe, along with Harriet Beecher Stowe and others.

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